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Chris Wallace on his late father, Mike: 'He became my best friend'

April 9, 2012 |  6:26 pm

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Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Channel's "Fox News Sunday," was an infant when his parents divorced in 1948, and it wasn't until he was a teenager, following the death of an older brother, that he began to get to know his father, broadcast journalist Mike Wallace. The elder man eventually repaired the damage, and his son was grieving Monday.

Two days after the famed "60 Minutes" reporter died at age 93, Chris Wallace released a statement:

"My dad was everything you saw on television: fascinating and funny, challenging and exasperating.  He was the best reporter I have ever known.  And while work often came first for him, over the last 20 years, he worked hard to make connections with his family.  He became my best friend.  And at the end, he was surrounded by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.  I already miss him terribly."

Chris Wallace, 64, has been with Fox since 2003 after lengthy stints at NBC News and ABC News.


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Photo: "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace and his father, Mike Wallace, during taping of the television show on Nov. 3, 2005.  Credit: AP / Fox News.